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Homeowner demand for more interior storage options in the kitchen to improve organization and ease of access is increasing, according to Kitchen & Bath Design News. Additionally, the publication finds that products designed to meet specific storage needs, features that add value and efficiency, technology that increases functionality of products, and seamless integration of creative storage solutions are among the top trends in interior fittings and accessories for the kitchen space.

Flexible Storage
Consumers’ lifestyles are unique and varied, so storage solutions must be easy to adapt to specific needs. Open storage, targeted features that fit personal lifestyle needs and products with a custom look and feel are top demands, manufacturers say.

“No longer are cabinets delivered with just drawers,” notes Paul Hostelley at Docking Drawer in San Ramon, Calif. “Whether to create a charging station or organize kitchen utensils, each drawer is designed so it has a purpose.” Designers are looking for solutions that make adjustments easy and have a custom look and feel with matching materials, he adds.

Easy Access
Not only are targeted storage solutions in high demand, but trends also lean toward creating easy access to everything inside the cabinets and drawers. Daryl Nauman, account manager – kitchen and bath for the Archdale, N.C.-based Häfele America Co., says there’s been more focus on accessing upper cabinet storage.

Function and Style
While function is the most important aspect of interior fittings and accessories, the visual appeal cannot be overlooked. “A minimalist approach to design is key to minimize the footprint and not to detract from the overall design aesthetic,” says Billy Peele, marketing and PR representative for Doug Mockett & Co., Inc. in Manhattan Beach, Calif. “Bold, striking contrasts can really liven up the space. Those all-white kitchens of previous years can freshen up by adding matte black hardware accents to explore the strong dichotomy of black and white."

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